Register of the Sierra Club California Legislative Office Records, 1970-[ongoing]

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Register of the Sierra Club California Legislative Office Records, 1970-[ongoing]

Collection number: BANC MSS 91/1 c

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Contact Information:

Processed by:
Lauren Lassleben, Project Archivist

Feliz Fuentes, Project Assistant
Date Completed:
1992
Encoded by:
Gabriela A. Montoya
© 1997 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Sierra Club California Legislative Office Records,
Date (inclusive): 1970-[ongoing]
Collection Number: BANC MSS 91/1 c
Collector: Sierra Club. California Legislative Office
Extent: Number of containers: 7 cartons Linear feet: 8.75
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item] Sierra Club California Legislative Office Records, BANC MSS 91/1 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

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Materials Cataloged Separately

Office newsletter, The Legislative Agenda, has been transferred to the serials collection of The Bancroft Library.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Sierra Club California Legislative Office began donating its records to The Bancroft Library in 1991. The office continues to transfer groups of historical records in appropriate increments.

Administrative History

John Zierold, formerly the head of the California Planning and Conservation League, began advising the Sierra Club on state legislative matters in the 1960s, and he became a full-fledged lobbyist for the club in 1970. Some of his early successes included helping to pass the legislation which created the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the [San Francisco] Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and the California State Solid Waste Management Board. He also influenced laws on logging and forestry management, nuclear safeguards, coastal zone management, and California's counterpart to the National Environmental Policy Act.
When Zierold retired in 1984, his assistant, Michael Paparian, became the state director. Paparian currently supervises a staff of experts in such areas as ancient forests, public lands, hazardous materials, and energy and water policy legislation. The Sacramento office also maintains a consultative relationship with Sierra Club California, which is comprised of volunteers from each California chapter.

Scope and Content

The Sierra Club California Legislative Office, located in Sacramento, began in the late 1960s. It was one of the first offices established to work strictly on state-level environmental legislation.The staff consists of a state director, currently Michael Paparian, legislative representatives, the editor of the California Legislative Agenda, and a fund-raising coordinator.
Records were received from the office in December, 1990. Most are files of former staff members. In June, 1991, the office was destroyed in a fire.
The best-documented issues are energy-related, including liquefied natural gas, nuclear energy, and the California Energy Commission. Water quality, hazardous substances, pesticides, and all terrain vehicles on public lands are subjects which can be found in the papers of the state directors, legislative representatives, and the subject files.

Container List

Cartons 1-3

Series 1: Papers of the State Director, 1971-1989

Scope and Content Note

John Zierold's files contain one folder of correspondence; the remaining papers are alphabetically-arranged subject files. Topics include the California Energy Commission, nuclear energy, radioactive waste disposal, and the Sierra Club Committee on Political Education (SCCOPE).
Michael Paparian's papers also are comprised of one folder of correspondence, followed by subject files, arranged alphabetically. Subjects include the California Public Utilities Commission, liquefied natural gas, hazardous substances policy, and water issues.
 

Subseries 1.1: John Zierold Papers, 1971-1989

Ctn. 1, folder 1

Correspondence 1979-80

 

Subject Files

Ctn. 1, folder 2

Allen-Warner Valley Energy System 1979-80

folder 3

Calaveras River Hydro Project 1976

folder 4

California Building Industry Association - Energy policy 1980

folder 5

California Energy Commission 1977

folder 6

Access to documents 1976

folder 7

Biennial report 1980

folder 8

Minutes 1979

folder 9

Power-plants - Location 1976

folder 10

Proposed regulations for record disclosure 1977

folder 11

California Energy Development Finance Bond Act 1979-80

folder 12

California Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission - Power-plants - Location 1977

folder 13

California Energy Resources Conservation and Develop-ment Commission appointment - Commissioner 1976-77

folder 14

California State Legislature - Assembly and Senate bills 1983-84

folder 15

Californians for Nuclear Safeguards 1979-80

folder 16

Campaign funds from energy industries 1977

folder 17

Coal-fired power plants 1977

folder 18

Conservation of natural resources 1971-73

folder 19

Electric Utility Rate Design Structure 1977

folder 20

Energy consumption - Law and legislation 1977-81, n.d.

folder 21

Environmental law 1979-80

folder 22

Finance, Public 1978

folder 23

Future Energy Alternative Project 1977

folder 24

Grants-in-aid - Proposals 1980

folder 25

Household appliances - Efficiency 1978-79

folder 26-30

Kesterson Reservoir - Selenosis 1981-89

folder 31

Moss Landing Power Plant (Calif.) 1978

 

Nuclear energy

folder 32

Disadvantages of 1975-77

folder 33

High temperature gas-cooled reactors 1977

folder 34

Law and legislation 1976

folder 35

Hearings 1976-77

folder 36

Lawsuit 1978

folder 37

Regulation 1976

folder 38

Nuclear power plants, underground 1977

folder 39-40

California Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission 1976-77, n.d.

folder 41

Outer Continental Shelf Land Act 1982

folder 42

Pacific Gas and Electric gas-turbine power-plant 1977

folder 43

Radioactive waste - Low-level 1986

folder 44-46

Radioactive waste disposal 1975-77

Ctn. 2, folder 1-3

Radioactive waste disposal 1978-87, n.d.

folder 4

Location 1985, 1987

folder 5

Select Committee on Low-level Nuclear Waste 1986

folder 6

Sierra Club Committee on Political Education (SCCOPE) 1975-76

folder 7

National elections 1984

folder 8

State elections 1983-85

folder 9

Sierra Club Sacramento Office, prospectus n.d.

folder 10

Stanislaus Nuclear Project 1977

folder 11

State budgets (Calif.) 1984

folder 12

Undergrounding Bill 1977

folder 13

Varanini, Gene - Appointment to Energy Commission 1977

folder 14

Western Sun Annual Operating Plan Proposal 1979-80

folder 15

Wind Energy Project ca. 1977

 

Subseries 1.2: Michael Paparian Papers, 1977-1988

Ctn. 2, folder 16-17

Correspondence 1984-88

 

Subject Files

Ctn. 2, folder 18

Advisory Board on Air Quality and Fuels 1987

folder 19

California Energy Commission - Reorganization 1980

folder 20

California League of Conservation Voters 1985

 

California Public Utilities Commission

folder 21-39

Liquefied natural gas 1977-1983

Ctn. 3, folder 1-4

Liquefied natural gas 1983-84, n.d.

folder 5

Contested elections 1986

folder 6

Environmental Issues Briefing Book 1984-86

folder 7

Hazardous substances policy 1985

folder 8

Hazardous substances - University of California, Davis program 1984-85

folder 9-16

Hazardous waste management 1986-88, n.d.

folder 17

California Forum on Hazardous Materials 1985-86

folder 18

Toxic Substances Symposium 1986

folder 19

Hazardous wastes 1981, 1985-86

folder 20

Public and private sectors 1986-87

folder 21

Lobbying 1985-86

folder 22

Lungren, Dan - California State Treasurer 1988

folder 23

Mono Lake (Calif.) 1986

folder 24

Sacramento Office Briefing Book 1988

folder 25

Sierra Club California Convention 1985-86

folder 26

Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund 1983-86

folder 27

Waste-to-Energy Project 1984-86

 

Water

folder 28

Law and legislation 1986

folder 29-30

Pollution 1985-86

Cartons 3-6

Series 2: Papers of Legislative Representatives, 1970-1989

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

The first sub-series, Mike Eaton's files, are entirely concerned with energy conservation issues. They are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Kirk Neuner's papers contain a correspondence section, arranged alphabetically by subject, and subject files, also arranged alphabetically by subject. Topics include liquefied natural gas and the Sohio Project.
Paula Carrell's files consist of eight folders of correspondence, arranged chronologically, and alphabetically-arranged subject files. Subjects include all terrain vehicles; the proposed East Bay Shoreline Park; and Sinkyone Wilderness (California).
 

Subseries 2.1: Mike Eaton, 1970-1981

 

California Energy Commission

Ctn. 3, folder 31-35

Energy policy 1970-1978

Ctn. 4, folder 1-13

Energy policy 1978-81, n.d.

folder 14

California Energy Reporter - Proposals 1976-77

folder 15

Nuclear energy - Safety measures 1976

folder 16

San Joaquin Nuclear Project 1978

 

Subseries 2.2: Kirk Neuner, 1975-1986

Ctn. 4, folder 17-18

Correspondence and memoranda 1980-82

folder 19

Air quality 1980-83

folder 20

California State Senate and Assembly bills 1980

folder 21

Coastal ecology 1980-82

 

Subject files

Ctn. 4, folder 22

Air quality and natural gas 1975-76

folder 23

Brown, Jerry - Governor of California - Conservation issues in California 1977

folder 24

California State Senate Committee on Water and Natural Resources 1986

folder 25

Candidates - Indorsements 1978

folder 26

Coasts - Law and legislation 1985-86

folder 27

Dow Delta Project 1977

folder 28

Forests and forestry 1986

folder 29

Gas, Natural 1976

folder 30

Scarcity 1976-83

folder 31

Supply and demand 1977

folder 32

Hazardous substances 1986

 

Liquefied natural gas

folder 33

Accidents 1977

folder 34

California Coastal Commission 1977

folder 35

Finances 1977

folder 36

Clippings 1977

folder 37

Motion pictures 1985-86

folder 38

Radioactive wastes 1978

folder 39

Sierra Club press releases 1986

 

Sohio Project

folder 40

Alternatives 1976

folder 41

Pipeline and terminal 1976

folder 42

Sierra Club policy 1976-77

folder 43

Testimony 1976-79

folder 44

Clippings 1977

folder 45

Substitute natural gas from oil 1977

folder 46

West Coast Oil and Gas Conference 1977

folder 47

Wild and scenic rivers 1980

 

Subseries 2.3: Paula Carrell, 1974-1989

Ctn. 5, folder 1-8

Correspondence 1985-88

 

Subject files

Ctn. 5, folder 9

All terrain vehicles 1984

folder 10-12

Law and legislation 1986-87

folder 13

California Bond Acts 1983

folder 14-15

California Environmental Quality Act 1983-84

 

California State Parks

folder 16-19

Law and legislation 1981-86

folder 20

1984 Park Bond Act 1984

folder 21-23

East Bay Shoreline Park (Calif.) (proposed) 1980-83

folder 24-25

City of Berkeley 1980-84

folder 26

Financing 1982-83

folder 27

Minutes and agendas 1982-83

folder 28

Clippings 1980-83

folder 29-30

Famosa Slough (Calif.) 1981-86, n.d.

 

Forests and forestry

folder 31-33

Law and legislation 1983-84

folder 34

Santa Cruz County 1983

folder 35

Gasquet Mountain Mining Project 1985

folder 36

Granite Chief Wilderness (Calif.) 1986

Ctn. 6, folder 1-9

Honey Springs (Calif.) 1981-85

folder 10-13

Lakeridge (Calif.) 1983-84, n.d.

folder 14-15

Land use - Law and legislation 1982-84

folder 16-17

Santa Margarita River (Calif.) 1981-85

folder 18-26

Sinkyone Wilderness (Calif.) 1974-89, n.d.

folder 27-28

Wildlife - Law and legislation 1984-85

Cartons 6-7

Series 3: General Subject Files, 1971-1987

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

The General Subject Files are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Major topics include hazardous substances, Mokelumne River (California), pesticides, and water quality.
Ctn. 6, folder 29

Air quality - Law and legislation 1986

folder 30-32

Air Resources Board 1984

folder 33-34

California Beverage Container Recycling Act 1985-86, n.d.

folder 35

California Legislative Committee 1975-1983

folder 36

California State Legislature - Daily bill file 1971

folder 37

California Wilderness Conference 1985

folder 38

Coastal zone management 1985-86

folder 39

Corporations, Non-profit - Law and legislation 1985

Ctn. 7, folder 1

Dams 1977-83

folder 2

Environmental protection - Citizen participation 1983-85

folder 3

Geonomics n.d.

folder 4

Grass Roots Effectiveness Program (GREP) 1985

folder 5

Hazardous substances 1984-86

folder 6

Budgets, proposed 1985-86

folder 7

California Department of Health Services 1985

folder 8

Law and legislation 1986

folder 9-10

Housing 1976-78

folder 11

Merced River (Calif.) 1985

 

Mokelumne River (Calif.)

folder 12

Law and legislation 1984-85

folder 13-14

Middle Bar Dam Proposal 1981-86, n.d.

folder 15

Hearings 1985

folder 16

Outreach 1984-86

folder 17

Clippings 1981-85

folder 18

Parks - California 1977-78

folder 19-20

Peripheral Canal 1981-82, n.d.

folder 21-23

Pesticides 1976-85

folder 24

Law and legislation 1976-77

folder 25

Planning and Conservation League 1987

folder 26

Pumas - Law and legislation 1984-86

folder 27

Recombinant DNA 1976-77

folder 28

Refuse and refuse disposal 1976-78

folder 29

River conservation groups 1981-85

folder 30

Rivers 1978-84

folder 31

California 1980-86

folder 32

Sacramento River 1985-86

folder 33

Santa Monica Mountains (Calif.) 1986

folder 34

Sinkyone Wilderness (Calif.) 1984-85

folder 35

Soil conservation 1986

folder 36

State budgets (Calif.) 1986-1987

folder 37

Tahoe, Lake (Calif.) 1984-86

folder 38-39

Water conservation 1980-82, n.d.

folder 40

Isenberg, Phillip 1985

folder 41

Law and legislation 1984

folder 42-46

Water quality 1977-84, n.d.

folder  47

Wild and scenic rivers 1981-86

folder 48

Wildlife 1977-78